Reflections and musings of an English teacher
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The fear is creeping in. The headaches are convulsing across the eyes. The neck and shoulders tense. There are only a few days of the holiday remaining and the work fear is already mounting. With bomb-shell records of teacher burn-out, according to Education Support’s Teacher Wellbeing Index, 2021, 72% of staff members are ‘stressed’, it…
The Multifaceted Dangers of High Expectations
As teachers, particularly during the training and NQT years, we are told that expectations, high expectations, are the key to classroom success. According to the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards (2011), the very first ‘standard’ states that a teacher must: ‘Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils; establish a safe and stimulating environment…
How relevant is the teaching of Shakespeare in inner-city secondary schools in 2021?
Whilst finishing the tremendously exciting unit of work on creative writing, I announced to my bright year 9 group that when we return from home learning we will be starting the next unit of work…on… Shakespeare! Even through the normally blank, silent screens, I was met with a groan and sad emojis in the class…
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